Llanelli Town AFC 

LLANELLI TOWN 5 NEWPORT CITY 0

Despite the convincing final scoreline, this was not a vintage Reds performance as they struggled somewhat to put together any comprehensive moves against opponents languishing at the foot of the table. Admittedly, the visitors packed their defence in a damage limitation exercise, but even so the home side should have risen to the challenge in better fashion.

It took a 15th minute penalty converted by Lee Trundle who was brought down in the box by Nathan Thompson when Jordan Follows played him through for the Reds to open the scoring, and the ace striker went close again, forcing goalkeeper Adam Webb to divert clear his free kick on target. James Loveridge was unlucky to see his shot strike the far post when he cut inside from the left, while Webb denied Jordan Davies when Trundle played a pass into his path.

Davies would have an outstanding game, continually harassing the visitors when they had possession, while always looking to make searching runs at every opportunity. Another Loveridge effort again led to Webb managing to just keep it out, before he had better luck five minutes from the break when he and Davies combined from a short corner by the latter, allowing Loveridge to eventually fire beyond the keeper.

The Reds continued to dominate matters after the restart, and the visitors had Webb to thank for a number of saves, coming off his line to block Trundle when Follows set him up, and when Liam Samuel, who was playing his hundredth game for the club, met the rebound, the goalkeeper got down to smother it.  A run down the left by Loveridge culminated in Webb diverting his cross against the bar and into the path of Follows, but he failed to find the net from close range.

Trundle then headed against the woodwork from a Chris Thomas delivery, before he was involved in the Reds` third goal on 78 minutes when he burst through the middle only for Webb to again push away his effort, but he managed to regain possession before finding Follows a couple of yard from goal who could hardly miss. Five minutes later, Follows got another, although he knew little about it when Webb, for once, failed to cleanly gather a high ball from Trundle into the goalmouth, and it struck Follows before rolling into the net

Two minutes from the final whistle came the best goal of the afternoon arrived when Trundle, from the edge of the area, curled a delightful floated chip over Webb into the top corner. There was just enough time for Webb to deny Follows a hat-trick when he diverted clear his goal-bound attempt, but the Reds ran out comfortable winners without really hitting the heights.

LLANELLI TOWN;   Morris; R. Thomas; A. Jones; Clarke; C. Thomas (McNab, 87); Bevan ©; Samuel (Wade, 68); Davies; Follows; Trundle; Loveridge (Martin, 89);  Subs. not used; McFenton (GK); Hilli.

NEWPORT CITY;   Webb; Coleman; Williams (Herbert, 59); Pope; Thompson; Graves ©; Palmer; Fahmi (Simcock, 76); Chubb; Carew; Buckley; Subs. not used; Holdsworth; Morgan.

SCORERS;  Llanelli Town – Trundle (P), 15, 88. Loveridge, 40; Follows, 78, 83.

YELLOW CARDS;   Llanelli Town – Loveridge; Bevan. Newport City – Carew; Pope.

REFEREE;  Pascal Neale (Carmarthen).
ATTENDANCE; 295.

 

A bumper crowd is expected at Stebonheath next Friday evening with the visit of second-placed Briton Ferry Llansawel, with the result possibly a pointer as to where the title is heading.
Kick off 7.30 p.m.

LLANELLI TOWN 6 GARDEN VILLAGE 0

What might be termed an eventful game between the near rivals, culminated in three red cards, a sixth hat-trick of the season for the Reds` goal machine, Lee Trundle, a hatful of goals and a glut of missed chances which could well have doubled the eventual tally.

Ross Jones was just off target with an early chance when Trundle set him up, before the visitors launched a couple of attacks with Richard Lewis getting in a good block to deny Kurtis Morgan, while Craig Morris made a safe catch to cut out a cross into the middle by ex-Red, Tom Bouza. The hosts were then forced into an early ninth minute change when Lewis pulled up and was unable to continue, Adam jones coming on in his place, but within four minutes o f this they went ahead following a Jordan Davies corner which found Jordan Follows who directed his header past goalkeeper Rhys Owen..

The lead was extended further within a further three minutes when Liam Samuel did well to retain possession before finding Trundle who fired past Owen. As if these setbacks were not enough, the visitors were then dealt a further blow when referee Jack Deschoolmeester sent off Sam Keefe for a second yellow card after 20 minutes. The Reds were pressurising their opponents continuously, and when Trundle back heeled a ball into the path of Follows, his shot beat Owen but rebounded off the post. They did not to have to wait long, however, before getting a third, Trundle completing a brace by latching on to an initial block across goal and finding the top corner on 32 minutes.

The numerical advantage enjoyed by the home side was levelled out in the 35th minute with the dismissal of Ross Jones for a challenge on Michael Morris, which led to a flare-up involving players on both sides. Follows failed to convert a chance from point blank range when Jones initially found Trundle who in turn picked out his strike partner, and again just before the break he shot wide with only Owen to beat. If the visitors thought events in the first half could not get any worse, their fears were realised just six minutes after the restart when they were reduced to nine men with Craig Matthews picking up two cautions.

The Reds took full advantage, and racked up a fourth goal in the 59th minute, although Owen did not cover himself in glory, allowing a soft shot from Joe Clarke to slip through his fingers into the net. James Loveridge was introduced in place of the misfiring Follows, and almost immediately made an impact, forcing Owen to turn his finish around the upright.

He had better luck on 75 minutes when a high ball rebounded off him and trickled past a bemused goalkeeper, and in stoppage time, Trundle completed his treble, with a trademark swivel in the box  before s mashing his finish into the top corner. A thoroughly convincing win for the Reds, which takes them three points clear of second placed Briton Ferry Llansawel with two games in hand.

LLANELLI TOWN ;    Morris; R. Thomas; Lewis (A. Jones, 9); R. Jones; C. Thomas (Finselbach, 65); Bevan ©; Clarke; Davies; Follows (Loveridge, 57); Trundle; Samuel;  Subs. not used; Wade; McFenton (GK).

GARDEN VILLAGE;   Owen; Selvage (Hurdsman, 54); S. Matthews; Coffey; Evans; Georgievsky; Morris (Dalling, 68); Bauza (Hayward, 60); Keefe; Morgan ©; C. Matthews; Subs. not used; Richards; Bradshaw.

SCORERS; Llanelli Town – Follows, 13; Trundle, 16, 32, 90+2; Clarke, 59; Loveridge, 75.

YELLOW CARDS;    Llanelli Town – Davies. Garden Village – Keefe (2); C. Matthews (2); Georgievsky.

RED CARDS;  Llanelli Town – R. Jones. Garden Village – Keefe; C. Matthews.

REFEREE;  Jack Deschoolmeester (Pontarddulais).

ATTENDANCE;  304.

 

                 

LLANELLI TOWN 4 AFC PORTH

What a contrast in two games, with the under par performance by the home side against  Abergavenny Town fading into insignificance  as they completely outplayed  one of their nearest rivals vying for the title with  a superb display of aggressive, attacking football to which their opponents had  no answer. Two goals by Lee Trundle with further contributions from Jordan Follows and Lee Bevan, sealed and emphatic win which moves the Reds six points clear of second placed Briton Ferry Llansawel having played a game less, and nine of Porth who have two games in hand.

The signing of James Loveridge during the week further boosts the Reds` options, and they are developing into a finely honed outfit capable of tackling  any opposition, and on this form, must be favourites for promotion come the end of the season. With the visitors boasting the meanest defence in the league having conceded only 15 goals in 12 matches, they came up against a home side with 52 goals to its credit after 14 games, and in no mood to allow this statistic to diminish.

In fact, Porth have goalkeeper David Burnett to thank for a string of important saves throughout, while in contrast, Craig Morris enjoyed a relatively quiet afternoon in the home goal. An early Trundle header forced Burnett into his first save, but he was soon picking the ball out of the net when a free kick awarded on the edge of the box for a foul on Robert Thomas led to Trundle  firing it low into the goalmouth past the visitors` keeper on 13 minutes.

Joe Clarke directed a header from a Trundle corner just over the bar, and a great build-up involving Follows  and Trundle led to the latter unleashing a strike which Burnett clawed around the post. A Thomas delivery into the box narrowly failed to find the head of Jordan Davies, but on the half hour mark the lead was doubled following a ball by Liam Samuel which allowed Follows to take on before finding the bottom corner.

Another Trundle set piece saw his shot rebound off the defensive wall into the path of Ross Jones, but again Burnett saved the visitors by keeping out his goal bound effort. Porth were hardly offering any threat, and were being hard pressed to keep at bay their rampant opponents, and in an attempt to inject some urgency into their play made a couple of changes at the start of the second period, with Aaron Hughes and Ben Ah-Mun replacing Stuart Brock and Ricardo McKenzie.

The home side also rang the changes, with Loveridge replacing Samuel on the hour mark, while they still continued to enjoy the lions share of possession, with Trundle forcing  Burnett to turn his finish for a corner when Follows set up the chance. Another Trundle corner forced the Porth keeper to turn it over the bar, but he was beaten again on 67 minutes when Bevan was found in the area from a Davies corner to power his header into the net.

With the Reds dictating play, Follows might well have added to the tally when put through by Trundle, but overran the ball which went harmlessly out of play, before two more changes by the home side saw Luke Morgan come on for Ross Jones and Adam Jones replace Richard Lewis. It was Morgan who was involved in the fourth and final goal, sending Trundle clear with a delicious pass, and as always his finish was clinical, giving Burnett no chance in the 87th minute.

This concluded the scoring, but apart from the final result, manager Andy Hill and his support staff must be delighted at the way the win was achieved, especially with the  fourth round of the Welsh Cup at the The New Saints looming on the horizon.

LLANELLI TOWN;   Morris; R. Thomas; Lewis (A. Jones, 79); R. Jones (Morgan, 76); C. Thomas; Bevan ©; Clarke; Davies; Follows; Trundle ; Samuel (Loveridge, 60);
Subs. not used; Finselbach; McFenton (GK).

AFC PORTH; Burnett; Barry; Bird; Biggs; Dwyer; Fish (James, 78); Hartrey; Davies;  Brock © (Hughes, 46); Toppar; McKenzie (Ah-Mun, 46);  Subs. not used; Case; Lawrence.

SCORERS;  Llanelli Town – Trundle, 13, 87; Follows, 30; Bevan, 67.
YELLOW CARD;    Llanelli Town – Loveridge.
REFEREE;  Neale Lewis (Ammanford).

ATTENDANCE; 303.

 

Next Saturday, the Reds travel to meet the current holders of the Welsh Cup, The New Saints, at Park Hall in the fourth round of the competition. Kick off is at 2.30 p.m.

THE NEW SAINTS 7 LLANELLI TOWN 0

It  was always going to be a tough ask for Llanelli Town on their visit to Park Hall in the fourth round of the JD Welsh cup to take on the triple holders of the trophy as well as being runaway undefeated leaders of the Welsh Premier League. An d their worst nightmares were realised as they were comprehensively outplayed by their opponents, although their cause was not helped by the absence of six players, with two being cup-tied, while the rest were absent through unavailability, illness and injury.

 

As a result, the bench was looking somewhat bare, with Luke Morgan, Leon Martin and 16 year-old Iwan McNab named as the substitutes, although the way the tie panned out, even with the presence of the missing players the result would not have been that much different. The Saints stroked the ball about with elegant ease, and the Reds` defence was hard pressed to contain them from the outset, with Richard Lewis, in particular, having a torrid time when faced with the dual threat of Ryan Pryce and James Mullan, although to be fair he was not helped by some ineffective covering by his colleagues.

 

After an early chance for the giant home striker, Scott Quigley, which saw lift his finish over the top from a Chris Seargeant cross, he made amends by opening the scoring after 10 minutes, powering his header past Craig Morris following a flighted ball by Adrian Cieslewicz, and four minutes later notched his brace, turning home a low cross by Pryce into the middle. The Reds` keeper was in for a busy afternoon, and it was thanks in a large part to his efforts that the final tally was not greater as he pulled off a string of excellent saves.

 

Two came in quick succession, when he pushed clear a dangerous cross from Mullan before diverting a Cieslewicz effort around the upright. The visitors` goal survived another close call when an attempted clearance only found Mullan who directed the ball across the face of the net which Quigley just failed to meet. Robert Thomas brought off a saving tackle on the Saints` striker in the box when Jon Routledge set up the chance, before the Reds finally launched an attack of their own with Lee Trundle finding Jordan Follows, and he forced goalkeeper Paul Harrison to push his shot around the post.

 

Lewis fired just wide from distance when the Reds broke again, but it was the home side who extended their lead on 34 minutes following another Pryce cross which found Mullan  in space, and he made no mistake with his finish. It was one-way traffic towards the Reds` goal, with Aeron Edwards curling his effort just wide from an assist by Mullan, while Morris did well again to direct the ball away from Quigley when a cross came into the goalmouth.

 

     Three down at the break and already facing an uphill battle, the visitors made an early second half change with Morgan replacing Lewis and Thomas taking over at full back, and to their credit, they were far more positive in the second period, with Jordan Davies stinging the hands of Harrison with a fiercely struck shot which he parried and eventually gathered safely.

 

Trundle, who was being kept relatively quiet by the close attentions of the home defenders and was living off scraps of possession, managed to release Liam Samuel whose run took him into the box where he went down under a challenge, but referee Kris Hames waved play on.

 

When the Reds launched another foray, Trundle found Follows whose initial shot was blocked close to goal, and when he met the rebound, it was hacked off the line. This was about the closest they achieved to a breakthrough, and their opponents stretched the lead even further on 63 minutes when Mullan was brought down in the area by a challenge from Thomas leading to the award of a penalty, which Quigley duly netted to complete his hat-trick.

 

He went close again, this time striking the bar with his attempt, before the Saints struck again in the 72nd minute through Cieslewicz who met a delivery at the far post and volley superbly across Morris into the far corner. Samuel was replaced by young McNab on 73 minutes, and he displayed some  neat touches during his time on the field.

 

Quigley headed wide from a decent position from a Seargeant delivery, before six minutes from time the Saints struck again for their sixth though Simon Spender when Alex Darlington laid on the chance. The Reds` miserable afternoon was compounded in stoppage time when Quigley got his fourth and his side`s seventh following yet another through ball past the flagging visitors` rearguard.

 

A harsh lesson for the Reds who were taken apart by superb opponents, and on this evidence it is hard to envisage any side coming close to a win against them as they appear to have few chinks in their armour.

 

THE NEW SAINTS;   Harrison ©; Pryce; Marriott (Spender, 79); Saunders; Rawlinson; Routledge; Edwards (Darlington, 66); Seargeant; Cieslewicz (Brabbel, 75); Quigley; Mullan; Subs. not used; Wicherley; Draper.

 

LLANELLI TOWN;     Morris; Graves; Lewis (Morgan, 52); R. Thomas; C. Thomas; Bevan ©; Samuel (McNab, 73); Davies; Follows; Trundle; R. Jones; Sub. not used; Martin.

 

SCORERS;  The New Saints – Quigley; 10, 14, 63(P); 90 + 2. Mullan,34; Cieslewicz, 72; Spender, 84.

 

YELLOW CARD;  Llanelli Town – R. Thomas.

 

REFEREE;  Kris Hames (Aberdare).

 

ATTENDANCE;  203.

 

The Reds are back in league action on Friday evening when they entertain AFC Llwydcoed at Stebonheath with a 7.30 p.m. kick off.

 

 

 

LLANELLI TOWN 2 ABERGAVENNY TOWN 0

When the two sides met in the league back in September, a Lee Trundle hat-trick scored in three minutes of stoppage time edged the Reds to a 5-2 win. Without the charismatic “Magic Daps” when the teams clashed in the quarter-final of the League Cup, the home side struggled to establish any pattern to their play, resulting in a shapeless contest with their opponents not much better, and summed up by the respective goalkeepers earning the  plaudits.

Luke Jones came in to the starting line-up in the absence of Trundle, and justified his inclusion by opening the scoring just before the half hour, before Jordan Follows finally wrapped up matters in second half stoppage time. The visitors caused the Reds` rearguard  plenty of problems throughout, with Luke Lewis in particular a constant threat, although it was Dane Griffiths who had an initial chance when Dafydd Brewer sent him though the middle and into the area, but he delayed his final effort too long and was eventually crowded out.

Abergavenny keeper, Tom Indge, just beat Jones to the ball when Jordan Davies provided the pass, while at the other end Chris Thomas brought off a saving tackle on Jordan Harford from a  Griffiths assist. Indge was fortunate when his attempted clearance only found Richard Lewis, but his shot was deflected for a corner. Lee Bevan did well to quickly affect a vital block when Lewis met a ball in the box, before Craig Morris brought off a brilliant save to divert a shot arrowed towards the bottom corner from Lewis around the post.

The hosts had barely offered a worthwhile threat on their opponents goal, but against the run of play opened the scoring when Jones ghosted into the near post unnoticed to tuck away a ball driven in by Lewis after 29 minutes. Abergavenny were then forced into a change when Griffiths, who had suffered an earlier knock, was replaced by Craig Norman, but despite this disruption, they continued to enjoy the better of the possession but were woefully lacking in the final third, seldom testing Morris to any great extent.

With the home side narrowly ahead going into the second period, both teams made changes, with Jamie Laurent replacing Harford for the visitors, while Jones, still not fully fit, was replaced by Liam Samuel. Norman fired a free kick from just outside the box narrowly off target, before the Reds made another change with Ross Jones coming on for Anthony Finselbach.

A surging run by Robert Thomas from his own half culminated in him firing fractionally wide of the visitors` goal, and when Joe Clarke found Follows wide on the left, his attempted ball across to Samuel was cut out. Clarke was then culpable of allowing a cross from Aaron Norman to reach Brewer, and it again took a great save by Morris to prevent his strike from finding the net.

A similar scenario then occurred at the opposite end with Indge beating clear a fiercely struck Samuel effort. Another chance fell to Follows when Clarke set him up, but he directed his finish straight at the keeper, while shortly after he again failed to take advantage when put through on goal.

With the tie now in stoppage time, Follows made up for his earlier lapses by notching the Reds` second with the Abergavenny defence hopelessly outnumbered, and the visitors` afternoon was compounded when they were reduced to ten men with the dismissal of Brett Anderson by referee Leigh Jones just before the final whistle, to add to the nine yellow cards already shown to both sides.

A far from convincing display by the Reds, but who nevertheless now join Bridgend Street, Caerau Ely and Haverfordwest County in the semi-finals of the competition.

LLANELLI TOWN;   Morris; Graves; R. Thomas; Finselbach (R. Jones, 67); C. Thomas; Bevan ©;
Clarke; Davies; L. Jones (Samuel, 55); Follows; Lewis (Silcox, 90+5);
Subs, not used; Morgan; A. Jones.

ABERGAVENNY TOWN;   Indge; Anderson; Evans; Brewer ©; Bull; Jones; A. Norman; Harford (Laurent, 52); Griffiths (C. Norman, 31); Lewis; Hitchcock; Subs. not used; Davies; Feeley; Aurelius (GK).

SCORERS;  Llanelli Town – L. Jones, 29; Follows, 90+3.
YELLOW CARDS;    Llanelli Town – Clarke; C. Thomas; Bevan; Davies.
Abergavenny Town – Lewis; C. Norman; Brewer; Indge; Anderson.

RED CARD; Abergavenny Town – Anderson.

REFEREE; Leigh Jones (Treharris).

ATTENDANCE; 247.

 

The Reds have a vital league game next Saturday at Stebonheath with the visit of AFC Porth who currently are third in the table. Kick off is at 2 p.m.